Technology and Funding Drives Childhood Education and Awareness in India

03 Mar 2016
Avaya 2015 Global CSR reports highlights the impact of initiatives with NGOs to protect children against abuse and drive education through technology
 
New Delhi, India – 2016 -- In its 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report, Avaya highlighted the results of its engagement with India’s NGOs that are aimed at protecting children from child-labor and drive education through technology.
 
The report highlighted three key initiatives that included the following:
  • Partnership with Bal Raksha Bharat, a local subsidiary of Save the Children to support the Integrated Child Protective Scheme (ICPS), a regional government initiative that explores viable alternatives to exploitative labor for adolescents. By allocating special funds to this project, 80 villages will raise awareness of issues facing children, increase demand for child protection services and advocate for government protection of children who are at risk. Avaya continues to strive towards creating sustainable change in public attitudes towards child labor and trafficking.
  • Avaya also supported Pratham Mysore, a grassroots charity based in Mysore by providing vans for science camps to 25 schools, giving students interactive learning opportunities. Avaya’s support at Pratham Mysore brought additional education to more than 10,000 underprivileged children in 100 schools, which cover subjects such as language, literacy, mathematics and science.
  • Sponsorship of the Electro Technic Gallery: Avaya is sponsoring the Electro Technic Gallery, one of the longest running exhibits at the Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technology Museum (VITM) and providing a Mobile Science Exhibition bus that contains 24 exhibits and serves as a “museum on wheels.” The bus brings the exhibit to communities unable to visit the museum. Avaya also provided videoconferencing to facilitate effective communication between the mobile exhibit and VITM.
  • University Outreach Programme: a program led by the Avaya R&D team, and consisting of four key elements— Avaya curriculum, Technology exchange program for Faculty, Avaya Champs and Technology enablement for students. In December 2015, and through the Avaya University Outreach Programme, more than 70 graduating engineers attended the first elective course at the Cummins College of Engineering for Women, one of four colleges with which Avaya is collaborating on the programme. Avaya is working with four colleges in Pune – to help develop training in key technologies and help deliver the skilled workforce India requires.
Watch the live video for Avaya’s Outreach University Program in India here.
 
Read the complete news release on Avaya’s Outreach University Program in India here.
 
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“Every day, our employees come to work with a passion, enthusiasm and commitment to create value for our customers, partners and the communities where we live and do business,” said Kevin Kennedy, president and CEO of Avaya recently in a public statement (link).  “As a global software and services company, we aim to lead the industry with best-in-class products and solutions, and to reflect The Power of We™ spirit in everything we do, from upholding high ethical standards in the ways we conduct business to volunteering in our local communities and designing products that are energy efficient and require less hardware.”
 
Globally, as described in the report, in fiscal year 2015, Avaya:
  • Exceeded its five year goal to reduce carbon emissions by 15 percent before 2015.
  • Reduced its carbon footprint from business operations by 14 percent in one year.
  • Became an affiliate member of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), which pro-motes safe and humane labor standards, environmentally responsible business practices and high ethical standards in the supply chain.
  • Made 95 percent of its application solutions available as virtual machines, thereby reducing energy, hardware and costs for customers.
  • Improved packaging designs to reduce shipping costs and environmental impact.
  • Partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps program to explore energy and cost-savings opportunities in its labs and data centers.
  • Joined with partners and suppliers to host its first ever Global Month of Giving, which raised approximately $250,000 for charitable organizations and engaged thousands of employees around the globe.
Customer use-cases give testimony to how Avaya solutions accelerate company missions and increase productivity while minimizing risk, physical infrastructure footprints, operational costs and stress on natural resources. Many Avaya solutions are cloud-enabled, mobile and interoperable, and engage people across time and space to quickly solve customer problems to meet the demands of a changing 21st century workplace.  Avaya technologies are acclaimed for helping educators create safer and “smarter" schools, aiding governments and nonprofits in responding to disasters and tragedies, and enabling patients to telemedicine during trying times.
 
Read the 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report here.
 
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